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Building an accessible future! – SHUFFLE features with two contributions at the University Future Festival 2023

Hakan Ali Cetin

The SHUFFLE team was again present at this year’s University Future Festival, this time with two lightning talks. In the session Recognizing and Removing Barriers, Ann-Katrin Böhm from Heidelberg and Christin Stormer from Bielefeld first presented the development of a maturity model for AP01, which is designed to help universities assess and improve the level of accessibility in their institutions. Samira Kalemba and Hakan Cetin (both from Freiburg) then illustrated how accessibility measures can be implemented inexpensively and efficiently by establishing barrier-free workplaces at the PH Freiburg.

Although Raul Krauthausen, one of the most prominent activists for inclusion and accessibility, presented on the Main Stage at the same time, about forty people attended the session, some of whom took the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas at the network tables afterwards. Interesting discussions about the future of German higher education, the work of the project, and the importance of participation opportunities also ensued on site in Berlin.

Many thanks to all speakers and organizers of the University Future Festival 2023 for making this valuable and extensive format possible. We took home many exciting impressions and ideas for our further work, and hope that we were able to provide inspiration through our talks and personal conversations and lower the threshold for a more inclusive university. For anyone interested, recordings of numerous sessions and talks will soon be available on the YouTube channel of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung.

If you have any further questions or are interested in the respective submissions, please feel free to contact Ann-Katrin Böhm and Hakan Ali Cetin by email.

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